Trump hotel charged Secret Service $33K to guard Mnuchin: report
The Secret Service was charged $33,000 to guard Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin while he lived in a luxury suite at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., for 137 days, according to billing records obtained by The Washington Post.
Mnuchin, an investment banker from New York, paid to live in the hotel in Washington himself for several months before he moved into a house. During his stay, the Secret Service rented a room next to Mnuchin for his protection.
They were charged $242 a night, which is the maximum amount federal agencies are generally allowed to spend on lodging. After 137 days, the Secret Service was charged a total of $33,154 by the president’s hotel.
The Treasury Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill. An official told the Post that Mnuchin was not aware of how much the Secret Service was being charged during his stay.
Trump still owns the Trump Organization, but has given control to his sons, Eric and Donald Jr., while he is in the White House. The Post has previously reported on several instances in which the president’s company has charged the Secret Service thousands of dollars for lodging during personal trips at his properties.
Neither the administration nor the Trump Organization have disclosed exactly how much the company has charged federal agencies, but the Post has recorded 170 payments from the Secret Service to Trump properties, totaling more than $620,000.